Synopsis and Team
opera-requiem for prepared piano, cello, drums and voices
Director: Troitskyi Vlad (Ukraine)
Conductor / Composer: Grygoriv Roman (Ukraine)
Grand Piano / Composer: Razumeiko Illia (Austria)
Soprano: Holovko Mariana (Ukraine)
Soprano: Kirsh Anna (Ukraine)
Mezzo-Soprano: Mailliet Oleksandra (France)
Baritone: Koshman Andrey (Ukraine)
Baritone: Kirsh Ruslan (Ukraine)
Bass: Rakhmanin Yevhen (Ukraine)
Voice: Troitska Tetiana (Ukraine)
Cello: Zhanna Marchinska (Ukraine)
Percussion: Nadolskyi Andrey (Ukraine)
Video / VJ: Volkova Mariia (Ukraine)
Light Design: Perchyshena Nataliya (Ukraine)
Sound Engineering: Taran Maksym (Ukraine)
Producer: Nova Opera
Co-Producer: Vladyslav Troitskyi
Premiere: 09-21-2015 / GogolFest / Kyiv, Ukraine
Job (Iyov in Hebrew) is the central character of the Book of Job in the Bible. This is a story of his life, pride and disbelief, the search for life's meaning and death, hope and regret.
The center of musical scenography is the prepared piano, that turns into a real orchestra. The pianist and singers use a wide range of percussion instruments such as snare drum, marimba and timpani sticks, triangle, ride cymbal. They use coins, keys, fingers and nails for playing on the strings and the body of the grand piano. The instrument sounds like a harpsichord, drums and occasionally as a synthesizer or electronic sounds generator. Music of "IYOV" combines minimalism and the avant-garde, neoclassicism and rock. Polyphonic choral episodes and instrumental interludes alternate with the parts that use a full range of the human voice: from classical, jazz and folk singing to breathing, screaming, whispering and overtone singing. It is the mystery of the birth of a new sound inside the piano and the demonstration of endless possibilities of the human voice.
"An ensemble of Ukrainian singers and musicians revisit the classical form of oratorio and requiem in the most honest and profoundly musical way. IYOV evolves in the spirit of togetherness and pure belief in the transformative power of human voice. The universal message of the work is well rooted in the cultural genealogy of the artists."
(Krystian Lada for the Jury Members of the 2018 edition of MusicTheatreNOW competition)